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October 30, 2019IM -
In September, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced a new contract agreement with its musicians, members of Local 65-699 (Houston, TX). The contract will be effective through fiscal year 2022.
“Our negotiating team worked very hard to prepare and present a proposal that reflected the needs of our world-class HGO Orchestra,” says AFM Negotiating Committee Chair Amanda Swain of Local 65-699. “We had a respectful and productive dialogue with [Managing Director] Perryn Leech that resulted in a progressive contract, which the musicians ratified on June 21, 2019.”
At the same time, the opera announced new CBAs with the American Guild of Musical Artists and IATSE Theatrical Wardrobe Union.